ST JOHN's, Newfoundland -- The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has instituted additional oversight for Chevron's drilling offshore in the Orphan basin as a result of the blow-out and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to the two levels of environmental assessment already completed for the Lona O-55 well, the C-NLOPB has established an internal team to follow Chevron's operations. Chevron is to post daily reports with this team plus meet with the members every two weeks.
Specific reporting areas for Chevron are in testing of the BOP stack, testing of the acoustic control system, ROV intervention capacity, and a test of the automode function system. Also, audits and inspections of theStena Carronare scheduled every three to four weeks rather than the normal three to four months and special attention is to be paid to the well termination program.